be·​ret | \ bə-ˈrā \

Definition of beret

: a visorless usually woolen cap with a tight headband and a soft full flat top

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Amber, in the classic disguise of a beret and sunglasses, has to weather the paparazzi, and the antics of a kooky (and possibly insensitively) conceived wedding planner. Vogue, "A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding," 15 Nov. 2018 Meghan Markle was spotted on Monday wearing the trendy winter white ensemble of your dreams: A cream-colored coat by Amanda Wakeley, navy Manolo Blahnik pumps, a Mulberry bag, and an amazingly chic white beret by Stephen Jones. Lauren Adhav, Cosmopolitan, "Meghan Markle Just Wore a White Beret and Now I Want a White Beret," 12 Mar. 2018 Stephen Jones OBE, a milliner who's crafted hats for people like the Spice Girls, Celine Dion, and Princess Diana, created the mint beret that Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, wore during the ceremony. Temi Adebowale, Town & Country, "The Special Gift Meghan Markle Likely Gave Her Childhood Friend Benita Litt," 19 May 2018 Coddens, 68, who wore a traditional Marine kilt and beret, said he has been inspired by Emma González, one of the Parkland, Fla., survivors who has emerged as a national advocate for gun control. — Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "The scene at the March for Our Lives rally in Washington," 24 Mar. 2018 In the corner of a Baghdad living room sits an unusual piece of decor—a sizable bust of Saddam Hussein’s head, staring implacably out with a military beret on his head. Time, "This Iraqi Doctor Says He Has the Rope That Hanged Saddam Hussein. Here’s Why He’s Keeping It," 20 Mar. 2018 Members wore black jackets and berets, and carried firearms in public, which many found menacing. Christine Willmsen, The Seattle Times, "Black Panther Party’s legacy to help sick, poor lives on at Seattle health clinic," 25 Apr. 2018 The assortment ranged from floppy hats to extra-wide-brim fedoras to pom-pom berets and even one of Jacquemus’s XL straw sun hats. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The 8 Street-Style Trends We Saw Outside the Spring 2019 Menswear Shows in Europe," 28 June 2018 This week, Bella Hadid accessorized her sheer dress with a chic beret at a Dior party. Melania Hidalgo, The Cut, "The Best-est Party Looks of the Week," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of beret

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for beret

French béret, from Gascon berret, from Old Occitan, cap — more at biretta

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English Language Learners Definition of beret

: a round hat with a tight band around the head and a top that is flat, soft, and loose


be·​ret | \ bə-ˈrā \

Kids Definition of beret

: a soft round flat cap without a visor

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